Vegetarian Meatloaf With a Sweet Mustard Glaze
Beans, Oat Flour, Whole Wheat Flour, Plus Lots of Tasty Seasonings ...
There's nothing like a hearty meatloaf, is there? This is a dinnertime favorite along with potatoes. Vegetarians and vegans or those trying to switch to a meatless diet, can have their "meat" and eat it too!
This recipe for vegetarian meatloaf results in a moist, hearty loaf with such a meat-like consistency, it could fool die-hard meat lovers. The glaze adds a nice flavor and look to the top of the loaf, helping to brown it.
The biggest challenge when making vegetarian meatloaf is that you need a mixture that holds together and the loaf has to be tasty enough to satisfy palates.
We all know that beans help to rid the body of cholesterol, so each time you make this loaf, you can enjoy it without the worry of the health impact of all that meat-based fat on your arteries.
Before you Begin ...
The night before, soak a bag of yellow eye beans, leaving plenty of water, for when they expand. The next day, drain beans and set to cook.
I like to cook my beans in my crock pot. Beans can foam and boil over on the stove and I find a crock pot does a great job, without the problems encountered when trying to cook beans on the stove.
There's also no risk of scorching, as can happen when you cook beans on top of the stove and forget them during cooking.
How to Savor the Flavor
The difference between a ho-hum veggie meatloaf and one that you actually enjoy eating is found in the spices you add to your bean, oat, and wheat mixture. Ensuring that your meatloaf is seasoned properly makes all the difference to flavor.
I grind my rosemary so that it is soft instead of in those thin stick-like pieces that can catch in your throat. This can be done with a coffee grinder.
Vegetarian Meatloaf Recipe
- 3 cups yellow eye beans, cooked and mashed
- 1 cup plain or seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 cup oats, ground
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 4-8 tbsp ketchup
- 1 onion, finely minced
- 2-3 stalks celery, finely minced
- 3 cloves garlic, crushed
- 4 tbsp. poultry seasoning
- 4 tbsp. rosemary, ground
- 3 tsp. onion powder
- 1-2 tbsp parsley, optional
- shake pepper
- 4 tbsp. olive oil, optional
Making Oat Flour
You can make oat flour in seconds by grinding oats in a blender. Use a spatula to push oats down onto blades, as they circulate, until you have oat flour.
I often make a large batch of flour and store in a glass jar in the pantry to have on hand for different recipes. Once you get onto how to make oat flour, you will find yourself using it in any number of recipes.
- Add beef flavoring
- Add chicken flavoring
- Add a dash of HP or Worchestershire sauce
- If you like a smoky flavor, you can also add a dash of barbecue sauce
Making Vegetarian Meatloaf
Making Vegetarian Meatloaf
- Mash beans in large bowl.
- Add in celery, onion, garlic and ketchup.
- Add oat and whole wheat flours.
- Add seasonings.
- Mix with your hands until a ball forms. Keep mixing until the ball holds together and is not crumbly. If desired, add in oil. This loaf is perfectly moist without it but oil helps it to cook up nice and crispy.
- Grease a bread pan.
- Pack mixture down into pan, pressing down firmly so that when it cooks, it stays together and can be sliced later.
Vegetarian Meatloaf Tips
- You'll want to ensure you mash your beans will, so that mixture is smooth and "bean free."
- Because you aren't dealing with raw meat, you can check the flavor, as you go, adjusting seasonings to get this loaf to your preference.
- This is also a good recipe for vegans because it is egg free.
- Once you've made this loaf the first time, why not soak and cook up some beans and freeze them, so that you will have them on hand?
A Close-Up of Meatless Mixture
Glazed Vegetarian Meatloaf
Sweet Mustard Glaze
Once your mixture is in your loaf pan, simply brush over mustard and molasses on the top of the loaf. This adds flavor and helps the loaf to brown, as it cooks.
- Cook time: 1 hour
- Ready in: 1 hour
- Yields: 1 good-sized meatloaf
Cooking Vegetarian Meatloaf
I start my oven out at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and then reduce the heat to 300 degrees for the last half hour or so of cooking.
Check your loaf. You want it brown, just as regular meatloaf does around the outer edges, but do not allow it to dry out from over-cooking. Plan on around 45-60 minutes for cooking time.
Take loaf from oven and leave in pan. Slice while still warm.
What to Do With Left-Over Meatloaf?
These meatloaf slices are delicious when fried, so make tasty left-overs.
If you like meatloaf with gravy, you can also place slices in a casserole dish and top with mushroom gravy for a delicious repast.
So Delicious and So Good for You!
Have You Ever Made a Vegetarian Meatloaf?
My Favorite Vegetarian Recipes
- Barbecued Tofu Strips
Delicious barbecued tofu strips will have you convinced you are eating meat. These are easy to make and even easier to eat.
- Absolutely Delicious Red Bean and Almond Burgers
If you savor the flavor, you won't be disappointed with these cholesterol-lowering veggie burgers loaded with flavor and texture.
© 2013 Athlyn Green